Australian indie dance trailblazers The Aston Shuffle are back to follow up a hot flush of remixes and originals with latest single “Tear It Down.” Having teased us with the prospect of their debut album dropping in the foreseeable future, the duo is joined by British songsmith Will Heard to make significant headway on their ongoing overhaul. As their indie dance tendencies continue to breach universal boundaries, “Tear It Down” pays testament to a duo whose relentless stamina has kept things as interestingly poised towards the radio-friendly ranks as it has to the club floor. With a balance once thought to be impossible and remix duties still to come from Ivan Gough and Indian Summer, the Aston’s make an aural statement unlikely to be ignored across airwaves and global dance floors alike.
Release date: December 2nd
Past all this talk of the Melbourne bounce, The Aston Shuffle have remained one of Australia’s key dance floor weapons for 2013. At the tail end of a year that beckoned remix duties for Empire of the Sun and The Knocks, as well as initial album single “Comfortable,” the duo is back with the intention of bringing national songstress Owl Eyes into their indie dance domain. Without the fluffy pop conformity more often found dominating such radio-friendly remixes, The Aston’s rise to the challenge of breaching mainstream and underground properties with their take on “Golden Lies.” Ascending with full bodied melodic progressions and apexing in a rush of low-end leads, the tracks wades somewhere between nostalgic indie dance and coming-of-age-deep house, offering a comfortable U-turn in sound and structure to Brooke Addamo’s blissful original. There is a damn good reason why The Aston Shuffle have become one of their countries most hotly anticipated exports, with remixes like this providing the burden of proof as to their unique hold upon the indie dance sound scope.
Purchase: Beatport (TBA)
Long serving Swedish house legend John Dahlback is back this month with official remix duties for The Aston Shuffle’s “Comfortable.” Off the heels of a stellar year for the Aussie indie dance outfit, the Mutants Records ringleader steps in to give their latest single a worthy peak time re-imagining. Said to be the first taste of the Aston’s impending debut album, Dahlback does not ignore the original’s firm melodic core. In a brew of sturdy beats and relentless electro lead work, his remix opts for subtle energy over mindless festival fodder. True to the tough yet eclectic form that has kept him in such high esteem, John Dahlback brings together two contrasting musical worlds to the utmost avail, marking yet another accomplished notch in his dotted studio artillery. (more…)
Versatile indie-dance duo The Aston Shuffle are back this month with official remix duties for Empire of the Sun’s latest single “DNA.” The track follows a steady run of successful releases for the pair, with prior singles “Comfortable” and “Can’t Stop Now” significantly upping the ante en route to their impending debut album. Rallying a firm yet infectious streak of their dialed back formula for universal electronica, the Aston’s stay true to form for this high-profile remix, fusing the original’s radio-friendly topline to an otherwise unadulterated snapshot of the infectious properties their studio work continues to muster. With remodels of this caliber in tow, the road to their hotly anticipated first album is sure to solidify their stance as one of Australia’s hottest electronic dance exports of late.
Purchase: Beatport (September 24)
Keeping the hot seat warm for Pete Tong on his BBC Radio 1 show, Danny Howard took to the airwaves for his version of a debut-frenzied mix session. Sticking out among the sea of new music and forthcoming releases stood Matisse & Sadko’s latest work, their follow up to the Steve Angello collaboration “SLVR,” a remix of The Aston Shuffle‘s “Can’t Stop Now.” Becoming one of the biggest records of July with the release of its original last month, the duo put their melodic touch where necessary for a well-balanced enchantment. Without the announcement of a release date, it can only be assumed that their take of “Can’t Stop Now” will be unleashed alongside Special Features‘s on September 16th.
London-based talent Eden Anderson, better known under his Special Features moniker, has continued to ascend the industry ladder at an impressive pace. Fresh out of university and already heralding signings to Phazing and Big Beat alike, the British talent takes Australian duo The Aston Shuffle’s recently unveiled indie dance triumph “Can’t Stop Now” for a remix under the guise of his melodic penchant. With the original’s formative top line immaculately maintained, Andreson ignites the original with subtle peak time energy and high-end synthwork, giving the Australian duo’s latest creation a strong club-primed re-imagining. Joining the ranks of Matisse & Sadko for official remix duties, this high-octane re-rub speaks wonders of the young British talent and his increasingly impressive studio output to date.
Purchase: Beatport (September 16)
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in July and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up July for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. July’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Nicky Romero & Krewella, Sander van Doorn, Tommy Trash, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from The Aston Shuffle, Sick Individuals, and Will Sparks. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of July!
Australian indie dance stronghold The Aston Shuffle are back on the digital trail, following-up the unaltered hype behind Tommy Trash’s re-imagining of “Won’t Get Lost” with a solid gold solo stint for the summer circuit. Having spent the past two years priming their sound for a heavily anticipated debut album, their latest single is the fruit of patience for a labor that whilst sparing on the digital market, has made one hell of an initial impression across the globe. A bout of emotive electronica with as much well crafted songsmanship as holds nostalgic melodic resonance, the immediately infectious “Can’t Stop Now” is an antidote to the one-sided disco fluff that dominated the market for 2013. The Aston Shuffle see a gap in the market, uniting pop sensibilities and club-proof energy to forge a promising snap shot of an Australian outfit who can do no wrong in the name of indie dance and its apparent stamina.
From indie dance tremors to peak time crossovers, Australian duo The Aston Shuffle have continued to pull all the right chords amid their industry ascent. Last found remixing the likes of North American peers The Knocks and lapping up the rewards of successful Tommy Trash collaboration “Won’t Get Lost,” their latest single “Can’t Stop Now” takes them back to the soft spoken indie sensibilities that gave rise to this now unstoppable force. A mix of well-oiled songsmanship, vintage synth work and easy grooving beats, their latest synthesis of tightly woven indie dance marks another fine knot in the belt of one of Australia’s most consistent and quirky dance assets to date. (more…)
I don’t usually post edits, but when I do they are monstrous bangers from Dancing Astronaut favorite Tommy Trash. As if his electro attack on The Aston Shuffle’s “Sunrise” wasn’t frenetic enough, Mr. Trash splices his remix with Tony Romera’s latest original “Pandor” to give the track a brand new, 128 bpm jolt of big room energy. Cooking up originals and edits in his studio like some modern-day Doctor Frankenstein, you can almost hear the long-haired Aussie’s maniacal cackles under the thunderous bass. It’s alive!